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Horticulture – Practical Skills – UXPPKL16

Call 01756 693 309 for details.
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Would you like to learn how to garden like a professional? Transform your outdoor space and grow edible crops? Be outdoors and get fit? Gain a qualification and improve employability?
Start Date Fri 19 Nov 2021
Weeks 22
Time 09:30 - 17:00
CampusCliffe Castle Keighley
Fee £200 * Exam Fee: £0


Learn how to garden like a professional; grow edible crops, transform your plot, get outdoors, get fit, get a job.

This course will empower you with knowledge and skills, enabling you to develop and achieve a good understanding of what it takes to be a professional gardener. The course is focused on the basics of gardening and will include the following topics:

  • Understanding your soil and ways to improve it
  • Identifying weeds – removal techniques and learning ways to control them
  • Identifying soil type – ways to improve your soil structure Testing and products
  • Soil improvers – what are they and do we need them?
  • Plants – gain knowledge of seasonal annuals and perennials to grow at home and understanding timings for harvesting your crops.
  • Pests and diseases – identification and control methods
  • Planning the garden – working with nature to create harmony
  • Seasonal timings for ground preparation – Understanding single and double digging techniques and no-dig methods of growing
  • Seed sowing indoors and out and techniques for transplanting seedlings
  • Propagation techniques – making more plants
  • Composting – turning waste into green compost

Equipment Info

You will need to bring a packed lunch and suitable outdoor clothing e.g. a hat to protect from sun or cold, a pair of gardening gloves and sturdy footwear.


  • Practical Horticulture Skills Level 2
  • Apprenticeship in Horticulture or Landscaping


* Fee remission may be available for this course, visit Fees and Funding for further information

Part-time courses are term time only. See our term dates for further information.
Did you know that some of our courses are free if you earn less than £17,374.50? Call 01756 693 309 for further information.